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Gee Jam signs deal with Digicel - Rising Stars runners-up to get more training
published: Sunday | August 22, 2004

Radio personality Jenni Jenni does the 'Pon Di River' dance while ER host Anthony Miller and Christine Hewitt, manager of the band H5, look on during the VIP After Party at Redbones last week. - Contributed

AT THE END of the grand finale on Friday, August 13, Cavan was presented with the Gee Jam agreement by Rising Stars' Executive Producer, Mike Hogan, and Gee Jam Recording Studios CEO, Jon Baker.

The Rising Stars producers announced yesterday that a production arrangement had been signed between Digicel's Rising Stars and Gee Jam Productions for three seasons. The nature of the agreement will mean that the winner of Rising Stars and three of the runners-up will undergo a period of artist development at the company's luxury recording facilities in San San, Portland. This will take place for a period of one month, soon after the show reaches its conclusion. The winning performer's song will be recorded at the facility and produced by Alborosie, Gee Jam's resident in-house producer, and is set for release in Jamaica before Christmas 2004.

It was also announced that the period of artist development will be overseen by Baker whose experience in the international music business spans a 20-year career, including being an executive of Island Records and V2 Records. When asked to comment, Baker stated, "It has been delightful watching how rapidly raw talent has developed into future Rising Stars over the course of only a few weeks.


Jamaica is one of the richest talent pools on this planet and, as a recently naturalised Jamaican, I am proud to be able to offer my experience and production facilities to further young Jamaicans' careers internationally."

In addition to the first prize presented to Cavan, runner-up Renay took home $300,000 call credit while the other 11 finalists each took home $50,000 worth of call credit and trophies, compliments of the main sponsor, Digicel.

"We are honoured to be associated with the development of Jamaican music through Rising Stars," said David Hall, CEO of Digicel Jamaica. "Jamaica has so much raw talent and Digicel is proud to be associated with the development and progression of talented young stars. The passion, vibrancy and the fun of the show all made it a natural fit for Digicel to be the driver of this fantastic new initiative."

With a budget of US$1million , Rising Stars is the largest television production ever in Jamaica and is presented by Digicel in association with Coca-Cola. Other sponsors for the programme include The RJR Group, Air Jamaica, The Hilton Hotel, the Jamaica Observer and ATL Motors.

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